Gordon Falls

Macquarie Division / Blue Mountains / Leura, New South Wales, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Gordon Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Gordon Falls was an unexpected waterfall stop as Julie and I took the scenic route along Cliff Drive from Echo Point to the town of Leura. We were actually alerted to this waterfall after having missed the Leura Cascades and then saw a sign for this one a few minutes later. Considering we were in the midst of some bad weather and that we saw the view of the falls wouldn't require much time away from the car, we pretty much randomly and spontaneously decided to see this waterfall when the Blue Mountains were so full of other waterfalls that we could've visited. We were very fortunate that the clouds parted just enough for us to see the falls.

Like the other waterfalls in the Blue Mountains, I believe Gordon Falls tended to have a short life. Just from looking at the photos on this page, the falls was fairly thin in the midst of rainy weather. So I'd imagine when the skies would clear up, it could very well be dried up or trickling not long thereafter. That said, the falls did have an impressive pair of tall drops, and if the clouds weren't around, I'm sure the views would have been quite impressive.

I tended to think of Gordon Falls as amongst the second tier of Blue Mountains Waterfalls. Given that this region had so many waterfalls (and not everyone would have the time to see them all), I thought it was helpful to think of them in terms of tiers. The top tier (e.g. Katoomba Falls and Wentworth Falls) were waterfalls that were "must sees" in the area. The second tier were waterfalls that were worth the trouble but might have to be punted if time was constrained and sacrifices were to be made. Finally, the bottom tier were waterfalls only worth visiting if they were on the way and didn't require a significant detour.

As for the viewing experience, the view from the overlook of the falls was a bit awkward. There were some foreground cliffs and foliage that were in the way, and we literally had to reach our arms out over the railings to take photos without the cliffs getting in the way too much.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Just before visiting Gordon Falls, we had paid a visit to the Three Sisters at Echo Point under the foul weatherJust before visiting Gordon Falls, we had paid a visit to the Three Sisters at Echo Point under the foul weather
A couple hours drive east of the Blue Mountains (where Gordon Falls was located) was the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and its famous Opera House shown hereA couple hours drive east of the Blue Mountains (where Gordon Falls was located) was the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and its famous Opera House shown here
Further to the west of Gordon Falls and the developed part of the Blue Mountains was the quieter and more remote part of the Blue Mountains including the Jenolan Caves shown hereFurther to the west of Gordon Falls and the developed part of the Blue Mountains was the quieter and more remote part of the Blue Mountains including the Jenolan Caves shown here
Closeup of the freeleaping tier of Gordon FallsCloseup of the freeleaping tier of the falls

Context of the free-leaping drop of Gordon FallsContext of the free-leaping drop of the falls

Waiting for the clouds to lift as we started to realize how tall Gordon Falls really wasWaiting for the clouds to life as we started to realize how tall the falls really was

The clouds were lifting a bit more as the upper tier of Gordon Falls was starting to become clearerThe clouds were lifting as bit more as the upper tier of the falls was starting to become clearer

Focused on the upper tier of Gordon FallsFocused on the upper tier of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We stumbled upon the car park after taking the scenic route from Katoomba towards Leura along Cliff Drive, which skirted the cliffs facing south. From the A32 in Katoomba at Yeaman Bridge Road, we exited left and kept left at the roundabout to go onto Bathurst Road. We then took the second exit at the next roundabout to go south on Katoomba Street, where we followed this road all the way to Panoama Drive, which ultimately reached Echo Point.

From there, we continued 3.6km east of Echo Point along Cliff Drive (passing by the Leura Cascades along the way) where we then kept right onto the Olympian Pde (Parade) for the last 700m to the car park for the Gordon Falls Lookout.

Katoomba was about 119km (over 90-120 minutes drive) west of Sydney.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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